Several players will be making their Calgary Flames' debuts tonight in Edmonton: forwards Troy Brouwer, Kris Versteeg, Alex Chiasson, defenceman Nicklas Grossman and goaltenders Brian Elliott and Chad Johnson will all don the Flaming C for the first time in the regular season.
Matthew Tkachuk will not only be making his Flames debut but his NHL debut as well. The 18-year-old was the sixth overall selection in the 2016 NHL Draft and has earned a spot on Calgary's opening night roster.
SEASON OPENERS VS. EDMONTON
The Flames have opened the season against the Oilers five times and hold a 2-3-0-0-0 record in those contests. Tonight's match-up will mark the fifth time the Flames have traveled to Edmonton to open up their road schedule.
FACING THE OILERS
The Flames hold a very strong record against the Oilers in recent years, taking 21 of a possible 24 points in the last 12 games against Edmonton. Last year, the Flames went 3-1-1 against the Oilers with a 2-0-1 road record.
Last 10 road games vs. Edmonton: 8-1-1
Last 10 games vs. Edmonton: 8-1-1
FORMER FLAMES IN EDMONTON
The Oilers have two defencemen on their roster that once suited up for Calgary: Andrew Ference and Kris Russell. Ference played 224 regular season games with the Flames, posting 63 points in that stretch, while Russell dressed for 198 regular season contests with Calgary, recording 78 points in that span.
STARTING ON THE ROAD
Tonight's game will be the 19th time the Flames have started a season on the road. Calgary has won their last two season openers that were held on the road and have points in their last four (2-0-2).
FLAMES MILESTONES WITHIN REACH
Micheal Ferland needs 3 games for 100.
Troy Brouwer needs 6 points for 300.
Dennis Wideman needs 6 goals for 100.
Mark Giordano needs 8 games for 600.
Dougie Hamilton needs 8 assists for 100.